The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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If you don’t want one of the funniest scenes from a film that is full of brilliant scenes spoiled, then don’t watch this clip.

 

Where to start reviewing a film that’s literally three hours of the most awful people on the planet showing off how incredible their lives are and how stupid they are? The first scene, of course.

We, the unsuspecting audience; like innocent, new interns at Stratton Oakmont; are thrown straight into the action of this eccentric, manic, unbelievable world, seeing a lion walk through an office, before being witness to one of the firm’s weekly displays of insanity, cruelty, and excess- hundreds of employees screaming and counting down before a dwarf is thrown at a velcro dark board. It’s a moment of incredibly shocking, so much so that you feel uncomfortable laughing at it, humour that sets the tone for the rest of the film. What follows is three of the most outrageous hours I’ve ever seen in a film, filled with: drugs, sex, nudity, drug-induced sex, sex-induced drugs (literally), sex and drug-induced nudity, and other insane debauchery made even more ridiculous by the fact that IT’S BASED ON A TRUE STORY!!

But this absolute, non-stop, balls to the wall craziness results in one of the boldest, most entertaining and best films of 2013. In the intensely physical and challenging roles where some truly awful and terrible people have to be able to be laughed at instead of eye-rolled, despite how stupid they are, the entire cast is at the top of their game. You can tell how crazy and fun this would have been to film, every cast member, whether they are an office worker or one of the many strippers, is just fitting into the diorama of insanity perfectly, having the time of their life.

Leonardo DiCaprio turns in some incredible work, which is expected, but here, he’s acting as though his life depends on it, it’s a real shame that he’s unlikely to win the Oscar, as it would have been awesome to see him win finally for a role that’s quite atypical.

The most surprising performance though is that of 23 year old Australian actress Margot Robbie, who, along with the rest of the cast, is incredibly fearless, asked to bring absolutely all of themselves to the character and just totally let go. In what could have just been a ‘vanity’ role and performance, Robbie is incredible. She’s Oscar good. It’s surprising she didn’t make it into Best Supporting Actress, considering the category likes to honour newcomers, but then again, when compared to other performances, it pushes many more boundaries and is probably a little too risque. I hope this film leads to more roles that will continue to showcase her talent, it’s an amazing break out role and a great calling card (imagine being able to say one of your first films is a Scorsese one?).

Bar some slightly too drawn out moments in the second hour, The Wolf of Wall Street is so tightly crafted; written, directed (and may I add, incredibly youthfully), and edited so well, that it absolutely flies by in a haze of drugs, sex and parties, not carrying its runtime heavily at all (the best kind of film); resulting in a thrilling three hour celebration (that of course ends with some repercussions) with never-ending laughter. The only disappointment is when it has to end.

“THIS IS THE GREATEST COMPANY IN THE WORLD!!!!”

Rating: 4.5/5

-Ella

The Wolf of Wall Street received a wide release in Australia on January 23. In under two weeks, it had broken the record for the highest grossing R rated film ever. 

R18+ (high impact sex scenes and drug use), 179 mins.

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